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John DiStaso's Granite Status: National Republican Congressional Committee ads target female voters

By John DiStaso, Senior Political Reporter
October 25. 2013 3:23PM

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23: NRCC ADS TARGET WOMEN. As the controversy over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act continues, the National Republican Congressional Committee will begin airing radio ads Thursday criticizing New Hampshire Democratic Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster for voting to keep "special subsidies" for health care for members of Congress.

The two Granite Staters are among 11 Democratic House members nationally being criticized in similar ads, which the NRCC says are targeted at women voters.

Kuster's reelection campaign called the ad against her "dishonest" and show that "Washington Republicans" will "stop at nothing to attack all the good work that Annie is doing in Washington."

The New Hampshire ad depicts two women talking about being frustrated while trying to sign up for "the new government health care program, and it just won't work." They say that "if you're facing all these issues just signing up, imagine how difficult it could be to get medical care."

The ad in each district calls Shea-Porter or Kuster "part of the problem," says they "voted to keep special subsidies for members of Congress" and says they "are using our tax dollars to fund (their) health care benefits...Typical Washington."

The ad also alleges insurance premiums will rise under the ACA.

The NRCC says women are "sick and tired of Washington politicians getting taxpayer-funded health care while they're stuck in with a disastrous Obamacare website and rising premiums for their families."

The ads urge listeners to call Shea-Porter and Kuster.

According to the NRCC, the ads will also appear in the districts of House Democrats Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona, Joe Garcia of Florida, Tim Walz, Collin Peterson and Rick Nolan of Minnesota, Tim Bishop and Bill Owens of New York, Pete Gallego of Texas and Nick Rahall of West Virginia.

Kuster's campaign team apparently got tipped off to the NRCC ad and sent out an email to supporters responding to the "dishonest" attack even before the NRCC announced the ad program.

"BREAKING: Washington Republicans are up with a new ad attacking Annie," the Kuster camp email said. Seeking donations, the campaign said, "We have to respond.

"With the reckless Tea Party shutdown behind us, the Washington Republicans are already up with a dishonest ad attacking Annie," the Kuster campaign solicitation said. "They're going to stop at nothing to attack all the good work that Annie is doing in Washington."

State Democratic Party spokesman Harrell Kirstein called the ads "a lame attempt to distract voters from the fact that Washington Republicans are about as popular a root canal right now. Following their irresponsible forced government shutdown, that both (Republican House candidates) Frank Guinta and Gary Lambert endorsed, dysfunctional Washington Republicans are resorting to the same misleading and dishonest scare tactics voters rejected in 2012."

Word of the ads surfaced as Shea-Porter and Kuster backed Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's request to the White House that the open enrollment period for the ACA be delayed due to the technical problems and that those who lack coverage by the March 31 deadline as a result of those problems be exempt from penalties. See our report elsewhere on

(See earlier Granite Status reports elsewhere on this page or by clicking on "Granite Status" above.)

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